Leaders from organizations such as Lilly, Janssen, the EMA, Rutgers University and the University of Malta, gathered in a Mediterranean setting to dive into the waves of continuous manufacturing adoption and regulatory challenges for global drug development and production.
Starting on Nov. 27, 2017, pharmaceutical manufacturers are required to begin marking all saleable units and homogeneous cases of prescription drugs with a unique serial identification code (product identifier), as stipulated by the Drug Supply Chain Security Act. Many drug makers have been preparing for this so-called “serialization” deadline for years by implementing new processes and systems in their internal operations, or by ensuring efficient transfer of serialization data from their contract manufacturing/packaging partners. However, some manufacturers — in particular, smaller or virtual firms — are now engaged in a mad scramble to meet all the requirements of the deadline.
Shipping and its validation are too often underappreciated in pharmaceutical quality systems (PQS), which can hide risk and uncertainty in the supply chain. A line-of-sight (LOS) approach to shipping validation brings focus to risks in transportation, and rouses quality improvement opportunities throughout the PQS. An LOS approach begins with the end in mind — connecting product critical quality attributes (CQAs) to integrity of the cold chain and to shipping validation design.
United Therapeutics discusses how it uses BFS in its production, the biggest barriers to further industry adoption of the technology, and how recent guidance documents — and a new PDA Technical Report — are helping pharma companies better address challenges and reap the benefits of BFS in their operations.
The biomanufacturing industry is undergoing a major shift, from single-product processes and stainless steel infrastructure to flexible, multi-product facilities using singleuse technology.
The expanding global pharmaceutical industry projects a 4%-6% annual growth and forecasts that it will reach a value of $1T by 2014. By Paul Dupont
With things “heating up” in terms of more diverse temperature demands, the industry is moving away from the term cold chain, and we’ll start to see more references to the more inclusive temperature-controlled transport.
Blister packaging, not long ago considered a less significant segment of the North American pharmaceutical packaging industry, is now outpacing most other industry segments. In 2010, blister represented 17% of the global market and recorded $8.1B in revenue, according to Pharmaceutical Packaging Industry – 2011 Yearbook. GBI Research. By Paul Dupont, Director of Business Development North America, Ropack, Inc.
Development of efficient manufacturing processes is a necessity for cost-effective production of biopharmaceuticals. By carefully designing and evaluating your experiments, sufficient information for optimizing your process can be obtained with a minimal number of experiments.
Crucial to the successful operation of any research laboratory is the ability to efficiently generate purified proteins for further investigation and analysis. By Per Lidén (GE Healthcare Life Sciences), Svend Kjær (Cancer Research UK) and Mark Cooper (Abcam)
Patheon’s Puerto Rico Operations specialize in the high volume commercial manufacture of solid dosage forms including tablets, capsules, and powders packaged in bottles.
Based out of South Boston, MA, with additional research programs in the UK and Canada, Vertex Pharmaceuticals has spent the past 25 years working to improve the lives of patients with serious diseases.
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Quality metrics have been widely used in the pharma industry to monitor quality systems, operational processes, and to promote continuous improvement initiatives in drug manufacturing. However, the task of selecting the right metrics to incorporate has always been a bit of a challenge as quality can be subjective and hard to measure in a meaningful way.
In today’s pharmaceutical industry, the economic strains of keeping a company completely vertically integrated are no longer feasible. Smaller, virtual drug companies simply do not have the resources necessary to translate a molecule to a drug product.
“Digital transformation” is a common buzzword across industries today, but is it more than just jargon? Faced by shifting consumer demand, rapidly evolving technology and increasing competition, organizations — to a large extent from science-based industries — are realizing that business as usual (or only incremental change to traditional approaches) does not address today’s challenges in a sustainable, long-term way.
With biologics filling the pipelines of life sciences companies more than ever, the biopharmaceutical industry needs to rethink its view of quality. Once primarily considered a focus in downstream drug development and manufacturing, quality now demands just as much attention in upstream discovery research.
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